Policy and Research

Bina Desai

Head of Department


Bina leads the organisation’s policy and research agenda and is responsible for heading IDMC’s team of researchers, political analysts and advisors. She previously worked for the German Ministry for Development, the Aga Khan Development Network, Christian Aid/DFID, and UNISDR. From 2010 to 2017 she served as UNISDR’s Policy Analyst and has co-authored and led the production of the United Nation’s Global Assessment Reports on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR).

Bina holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, an MSc in Sociology and Economics, and has a strong background in climate and disaster risk reduction and development economics. She is fluent in German and English, speaks French and basic Hindi.

+41 22 552 3613
+41 79 381 7449
bina.desai@idmc.ch